Journalism, via code, music, physics—and 9/11

Around the age of eleven, in the late 1990s, I had taught myself to code. I had no benchmark, curriculum, or people around me doing it, so I just kept going. I created an ever-expanding personal website, wrote programs in C++ and Pascal, including a BPM counter for musicians and DJs, as well as basic word processors and browsers. I also created a popular music website, in

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